Flying Solo

Book review by Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Funny, real, and powerfully moving.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 12+

Heartwarming but Questionable Language

The book has the characters going through different tough life issues. They are honest, personal, and heartwarming in their relationships and growth. As an educator for elementary grades, I do not appreciate the language. Realistic, yes, but not what I would want my students to be influenced by. They are constantly saying "shut up" to each other, call each other names, a character described another character as one who told dirty, nasty jokes, and a character described their situation like an unloaded gun that would end up killing them. There's no swearing in this book, true, but the language used causes it to be not be appropriate to assign to students unless they are in middle school or older.

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age 9+

Character is how you act when nobody's watching

Great book. Gives a great message about character. Also teaches a bit about grieving death. A day in the life of kids with no teacher.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Book Details

  • Author: Ralph Fletcher
  • Genre: School
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Clarion Books
  • Publication date: September 21, 1998
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 14
  • Number of pages: 144
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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